OwnerC R K Stable LLC
TrainerJohn A. Shirreffs
Jockey (from last start)
BreederDixiana Farms LLC
DamI'm a Flake
Express Train may be on track for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
The 4-year-old finished in the top three in his first five races in 2021, including wins in the San Pasqual Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita and the San Diego Handicap (G2) at Del Mar. His win in the San Diego, in a stalking trip, was his third at Del Mar, the host track of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup. He has only finished worse than fourth twice in his 12-race career, once when tried competing on turf, and when he finished sixth in the TVG Pacific Classic.
Trainer John Shirreffs is best known for conditioning Hall of Famer and Breeders’ Cup Classic-winner Zenyatta, the only female to win the race. He also saddled longshot Giacomo to win the 2005 Kentucky Derby (G1). Shirreffs grew up in Port Washington on Long Island, New York, and spent time around horses on his family’s farm in New Hampshire. He is a Vietnam War veteran, and he has been training since 1978.
The bay colt is the son of Union Rags, who won the 2012 Belmont Stakes (G1) and finished second in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
Lee and Susan Searing's C R K Stable purchased Express Train for $500,000. The Searings are from Arcadia, California, and they were high school sweethearts who have been married for more than 40 years. Their stable name comes from their three children's initials: Christina, Richard and Katherine. C R K Stable has won multiple graded stakes and campaigned Switch, who placed in two Breeders’ Cup races.
|December 26, 2020||RUNHAPPY Malibu S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||2|
|October 18, 2020||Twilight Derby||SANTA ANITA PARK||2||8|
|September 26, 2020||SANTA ANITA PARK||2|
|August 23, 2020||DEL MAR||1|
- September 14, 2021
Godolphin’s Essential Quality, the Belmont Stakes (G1) and the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) winner, maintained a two-vote advantage over stablemate Knicks Go for the lead in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings.
- September 7, 2021
Godolphin’s Essential Quality, winner of the Belmont Stakes (G1) and the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1), has overtaken stablemate Knicks Go for the No. 1 spot in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings.
- September 1, 2021
Essential Quality Closes the Gap on Knicks Go for Overall Lead in Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings
Godolphin’s Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) winner Essential Quality closed to within seven votes of stablemate Knicks Go after 10 weeks of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings.